Marvel comic artist to attend Winterval

Will Sliney

Will Sliney

Award winning Marvel Comic artist Will Sliney will host an exhibition of 14 different prints at Waterford’s Winterval Festival, which runs until December 31st.

And the man himself will host a ‘Meet & Greet’ on Saturday, December 7th between 5pm and 6pm at his festival exhibition which will be held at the Theatre Royal Vestibule.

The acclaimed artist has created a brand new fictional ‘Viking’ character especially for the festival – ‘Valgaard’ the festival protector, which represents a nod to the city’s Viking origins.

Will has been a comic illustrator for the last six years and has worked on ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ and a re-launched comic book of ‘MacGyver’.

Since late 2012, Will has worked with Marvel Comics on a new superhero series ’Fearless Defenders’, which is a spin-off from the 2011 crossover comic ‘Fear Itself’.

Will is currently working on ‘Spider-man’ for Marvel and earlier this year he was inducted into the Irish Comic News Hall of Fame.

A veteran of comic work in the US having worked on a number of licensed titles like ‘Farscape’ and ‘Steed and Mrs Peel’, Will had a strong year in Ireland in 2013 with the release of ‘Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cú Chulainn’ from The O’Brien Press which became the fastest selling graphic novel in the country and made The Irish Times Best Sellers List.

Commenting on the upcoming exhibition Will said: “I’m delighted to be hosting this exhibition. It features highlights of my work from the last year from Irish release of Celtic Warrior, right through to my work on Marvel’s Spider-man.

“Having designed many characters lately for Marvel and Disney, it is always great fun and a huge honour to be asked to work on a character that will have an impact much closer to home. “We have such a rich history of great stories and mythology here in Ireland and the imagery of the Viking at Christmas is great to play with rather than the usual festive characters.”

The Will Sliney Exhibition will be open freely to the public at the Theatre Royal Vestibule until New Year’s Eve.

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